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Support Worker – Sleepover

Open Position / Cabra

Job Title: Support worker – Sleepover

Reporting to: Management team (Team leader/ Care Manager of Reach Deaf Services Education service)

Location: Primarily between St Mary’s, St Joseph’s Boarding Campus, and an ‘Independent House’ located beside St Joseph’s Boarding Campus. At times, the successful candidate may be called upon to work in Reach Deaf Services Support Living Service

Contract duration:

1/ position available September 2022- March 2023

2/ position available September 2022- June 2023

Hours(sample roster- approx.): Week on/week off roster OR 2 shifts one week, 3 shifts following week


Reach Deaf Services provides a range of specialised services to young Deaf people who attend the schools that share the same campus. We operate during term time only. We seek to offer a homely environment for all boarders with an emphasis on facilitating their personal development to achieve their full potential whilst involved in education. We seek to achieve a reputation for innovation and a strong commitment to high standards in terms of our practice. The needs of our boarders are our highest priority and guide us in our work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Below are the key areas of responsibility;

  • Supporting boarders needs in a holistic way- emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual needs, and any specific needs a Boarder may
  • There are specific duties to be completed on sleepover shifts and these will be outlined at the point of induction, during the probation period, regularly by management, and within service documentation. It is the staff members responsibility to complete all relevant tasks. Examples of duties include providing a high standard of care to Boarders in the areas of personal hygiene, continence, mobility, dressing, preparation for bedtime and assisting them with their morning time
  • To work as part of the team supporting children before and at bedtime (approx. 9.30pm- 9:30am) and supporting children early morning- before school time (approx. 7am-9.30am). The sleepover staff member usually sleeps (rest period) between 12am and 7am but may be called upon during those hours to assist the live night team, if the need
  • At times, and with prior adequate notice and agreement with the sleepover staff member, the sleepover staff member may be required to work a live night shift in place of a sleepover shift for roster cover
  • Work sleepover shifts as per roster that is in line with service
  • Implement operational plans as determined by the Head of Care/Care Manager/ Team
  • Ensure compliance with practice with organisational policies, procedures, national legislation, Children First, HIQA/TULSA and other applicable
  • Contribute in the recording of all documentation e.g. risk assessments, complaints, Individual Crisis Support Plan`s.
  • Promote an ISL environment with ISL being the first language in use within the
  • Assisting other staff in their role of
  • Maintain good household standards and encourage the children/young adults to help with tasks including cooking, shopping, laundry and household
  • Work with relevant others in order to support the
  • Engage with parents/carers of boarders on an ongoing
  • Participate in reflective supervision with the Social Care Leader/Care

Key Requirements:

  • QQI level 5 Care Assistant or equivalent
  • QQI (Formerly FETAC) Level 3 in Irish Sign Language or commitment to achieve within 12 months and QQI Level 4 within two years
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Experience of working effectively with a range of stakeholders to provide services to young people either in the community or within a residential setting
  • Minimum of one years’ experience working in a boarding/residential care setting
  • Experience of providing /receiving reflective supervision to facilitate professional development
  • Experience of HIQA/TUSLA or equivalent audit processes

Key Behaviours:

  • Creativity and innovative
  • Good problem-solving skills/listening skills
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Willing to participate in change initiatives
  • Reliability
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Commitment to continuous professional development
  • Level of professionalism
  • Strive for excellence
  • Motivates others
  • Good interpersonal skills & Enjoys team work

Any interested applicants should forward their CV and a short covering letter stating their suitability for the role. Please email by close of business by Friday 5th Aug 2022.

If you require further details on this role, please contact me directly at

All offers of employment are subject to Garda Vetting

Kristina Harris HR Administrator
Reach Deaf Services

To apply, send a C.V. and cover letter to our email address: